Malaysia should move past Mahathir’s tactics

Malaysia should move past Mahathir’s tactics

SEPT 24 – Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi is, in one respect at least, no different from his predecessor Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He claims to represent change, but there has been precious little.

Instead of moving his country forward by allowing genuine democracy and rule of law, he has given priority to his party’s battle to maintain its grip on power. The situation, for Malaysia’s sake, cannot continue.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim appears in court today to face sodomy allegations, just as he did 10 years ago. There are, again, suspicions the prosecution is politically motivated. The Internal Security Act, the law that allows detention without trial for up to two years, has been used this month to again intimidate and silence critics. These are tactics Dr Mahathir used so effectively to hold on to power. But Malaysia has, surely, moved on from those days.


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Samy Vellu: PM to consider release of Hindraf 5

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has promised to consider the MIC appeal for the release of the five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) since Dec 13, last year.

“The prime minister promised to discuss the matter with the home minister (Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar) and come to a decision,” Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said in a statement here today.

Earlier, the MIC president held a 30-minute discussion with Abdullah at the latter’s office, to seek the immediate release of the five, dubbed the ‘Hindraf 5’.


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Anwar reassures PAS leaders

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 — Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today met up with PAS leaders in an effort to convince them that PAS members of parliament (MPs) would not be marginalised should the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) form the next federal government.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat information chief Tian Chua said Anwar, who is also PKR advisor, wanted to impress upon PAS leaders, especially its spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat and party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang that Muslim MPs would not be sidelined if the PR gains power.

“We have to do this before proceeding to the next course of action,” he said without revealing what the next course of action would be.


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‘We must unite to overcome political and economic crisis’

By Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

SEPT 24 – I write this as a Malaysian, as someone who, over 47 years of political life, has had the privilege of playing some small part in the formation our country, the building of its institutions, and our achievement of a degree of economic sufficiency. I write out of deep concern about the present state of our country.

In the lives of nations as of individuals, there come moments of profound possibility, when the potential for self-transcendence and for self-destruction are simultaneously present.

As before some critical examination in our youth, we come to the daunting realisation that we hold our future in our hands, when how we will fare many years hence, and whether we shall flourish or languish, will depend on how we conduct ourselves now, in this small window of time.


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Anwar to know on October 7 if case to be transferred to High Court
KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Sept – The Sessions Court here will decide on  Oct 7 whether to allow or reject the prosecution’s application to transfer Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy case to the High Court for trial.

Judge S.M.Komathy Suppiah needs two weeks to consider the submissions and authorities cited by both parties.

Anwar, 60, is charged with voluntarily committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature with his former aide, Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 23, at Unit 11-5-1, Desa Damansara Condominium, Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26.


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